Wow, broom, that was very poignant. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to have your first holiday season without any immediate family members. As much as people love to gripe about another "round of holidays with the fam," it's like a shovel to the heart when they are gone. As every year passes and family members become older and sicker, it is heart-wrenching to realize how much you will miss them when they are gone.
As I embark on a trip eastward to visit my own mother and father, who was diagnosed a year ago with prostate cancer, I will keep your thoughts in mind, for myself and for everyone...this is precious time we have with our families. Thank you for raising awareness to this.
Wow! This one really hurts... I lost my Mom this year in February to colon cancer. I was taking care of her ever since she was diagnosed (I was there with her when the doctor told her). My Mother's brother (my only uncle) died in January from a heart attack. Then in June my 21 year old son was dx with crohn's. My first taught was calling my mom and cry when I found out about my son and it was devastating for me to come to term with the fact that she is gone and I am going to have to go through this on my own. Following all this, I am in a depression and I also now have panic attack. I am off work and feel like a total mess. As the Holidays are getting closer, my panic attacks are more frequent and I find myself waking in the middle of the night unable to breathe and having to go outside for air. Anyways, I am not sure how I will cope with the Holidays this year, but I am glad the year is ending, it was not a good one for me!!!